Would you let YOUR MAN do your MAKEUP?
THREE WOMEN DID. AND FOUND OUT WHETHER THEIR PARTNERS COULD DO MORE THAN JUST COLOUR INSIDE THE LINES
men have long claimed to prefer their partners without make-up or with as little as possible, so Marie Claire challenged three men to take over their loved one’s make-up kit and see what they would get up to if they had full control. Here are the results.
ELANA AFRIKA, 34, RADIO AND TV PRESENTER,AND IAN BREDENKAMP,36, RADIO PRESENTER ELANA AND IAN HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR A YEAR
Elana: ‘Ian is a painter and he has helped me to dye my hair before so I wasn’t worried about him applying my make-up for me. I trust him implicitly. He can’t do anything wrong in my eyes, so I was totally relaxed. When we started the challenge, however, I started getting a little nervous. I could feel the make-up going all over the place and I just wanted to help him. I ended up giving him a few tips like shaking the brush before applying blusher and filling in my eyebrows. When I saw what the end result looked like I just laughed; with the bright lip and green eyes, it was a little more daring than anything I would usually wear. I left it on for the rest of the day, but only because he did it – I wouldn’t let him put make-up on me again.’
IAN: ‘I felt quite confident about doing Elana’s makeup.The object of the challenge, for me, was to make my
already beautiful wife look even more beautiful. I didn’t have much of a game plan except to use my intuition and sense of good taste. When I saw all the make-up, I realized I had a lot to figure out, like which brushes to use where. It was quite difficult. When I was putting on the eye shadow the problem for me was not where to start, but when to stop! I felt like I could just carry on going. I had no idea that I needed to put something on Elana’s eyebrows, but she suggested that I should and it looked great. I enjoyed the challenge because it was fun.’
AIMEE-NOEL MBIYOZO, 35, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS CONSULTANT, AND MPHO MBIYOZO, 31, PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYER AIMEE-NOEL AND MPHO HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR 10 YEARS
Aimee-Noel: ‘I never really use make-up so, other than the basics, I don’t really know how to wear it. And Mpho is a total “jock” so I don’t think he has any idea what to do. Before we started the challenge, I told him my only rule was that he couldn’t use any extreme colours, like black, but other than that he had free reign. It seemed like he was excited to make me look like a clown – and, even though I didn’t mind, I was just a little anxious. He was pretty funny to watch when he was applying; he just sort of stabbed at my lips and my eyes with different brushes. When I saw the finished product, my first thought was that I looked like the Wizard of Oz! I couldn’t wait to take it off. I definitely wouldn’t go out like that, but I think he did an excellent job for a first time.’
Mpho: ‘I don’t know much about make-up at all but I thought this wouldn’t be too difficult. I didn’t have much of a strategy going into the challenge; I just went for the colours that stood out. When I was applying all the different things, I realized how difficult it actually is. The eyes were definitely my main focus and, as you can see, I focused on the eye shadow. I don’t think it turned out too badly, but I definitely wouldn’t take her out like this. Make-up is one of the reasons I’m glad I’m a man – I couldn’t imagine having to do that every day.’
GENINE LOTZ, 42, STAY-AT-HOME MOM, AND PAUL LOTZ, 37, CHEMIST GENINE AND PAUL HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR TWO YEARS
Genine: didn’t really know what to expect from Paul. My make-up routine consists of lip gloss and some eyeliner at best, so he didn’t have much of a reference point. I thought he would do a decent job though. At least, I hoped he would. When we sat down and I saw the confused look on his face as he looked at all the make-up, I could just imagine him putting lipstick on my eyelids. He started by applying some lipstick. It felt strange to sit and have Paul apply my make-up – definitely a situation outside of my comfort zone. I tried to sit as still as I could, but my anxiety got the better of me and I couldn’t help but guide him every now and then. The potential for confusion over eye shadow and lipstick was ever-present in my mind. By the time I looked in the mirror, I was actually quite impressed. I would let him do it again, but I don’t think I would go out like this.’
Paul: ‘I’d never done anything like this before and I knew it would be difficult. I didn’t have a specific strategy – my beautiful wife hardly ever wears make-up, but I had two things in mind: black eyes and red lips. Though, even mentioning that made Genine look even more anxious. When I saw all the make-up that I had to work with it all looked very confusing and it took some explaining for me to remember which palettes were for which part of her face. I didn’t know where to put everything and what to use to put it on. When I got my bearings, I did her lips first and decided they would be the main feature. I think I was channelling Moulin Rouge or Madame Zingara, which is where the purple inspiration came from; but, on the whole, I don’t think I did too badly.’
ELANA WEARS LACE APPLIQUÉ DRESS, R1 799, MARI AND ME. IAN WEARS DENIM SHIRT, R499, ZARA; WHITE T-SHIRT, R339, TOPSHOP;
CHINOS, IAN’S OWN.
AIMEE-NOEL WEARS BLUE PRINTED SHIFT DRESS, R559, ZARA. MPHO
WEARS BUTTON-UP SHIRT, R499,
TOPMAN; TROUSERS, MPHO’S OWN.
GENINE WEARS SHIFT DRESS, R999, ZARA. PAUL WEARS SWEATSHIRT, R559, ZARA;
TROUSERS, PAUL’S OWN.